Trump suggested Spain build African Sahara wall to stop migrants, minister says

Josep Borrell

Trump suggested that the Spanish government should follow his policies regarding migration and build a wall across the Sahara desert.

US President Donald Trump, pictured today on his way to Las Vegas, disputes the account.

"Closing ports is not a solution, and neither is building a wall along the Sahara like President Trump suggested to me recently", Josep Borrell told a lunchtime gathering this week, according to a video released by Spanish media. Comparatively, the US-Mexico border spans roughly 3,200km.

An audio file obtained by CNN noted that the minister impersonated Trump's voice as he said: "You need to build a wall around the Sahara", referring to Trump's statement. It does not, though, have sovereignty over the desert.

The border issue was also a concern in the United 2026 World Cup joint bid between the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Borrell, who was president of the European Parliament between 2004 and 2007, has been critical of anti-immigration sentiment in Europe.

President Trump campaigned on the promise of building a wall on our southern border and having Mexico pay for it.

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Moon, himself the offspring of a family displaced by the war, has met Kim twice this year at the border village of Panmunjom. There's also worry that a legally binding peace treaty would allow North Korea, and its backers in the U.N.

Spain has now overtaken Italy and Greece as the most popular destination for migrants. Borrell had accompanied Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the White House in June.

Spain's Foreign Minister revealed the story at a lunch in Madrid, and even impersonated Donald Trump.

The UN migration agency reports that more than 33,600 migrants and refugees arrived in Spain by sea so far this year, over 43 per cent of all seafaring migrant arrivals to Europe.

In June, Trump received global backlash when the U.S. government separated migrating children from parents, some asylum seekers after crossing the border.

Spain has two enclaves - Melilla and Ceuta - on the north African coast.

"We can confirm that's what the minister said, but we won't be making any further comment on the minister's remarks", a spokesman for the foreign ministry told the Guardian.

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